Rates up by 5pc

Image: File photo.
Image: File photo.

Residential rates have increased by 3 per cent.

The City will generate $27.7 million in rate income in the coming financial year.

The 2013-14 rates will cost residents a minimum of between $883 and $1106, plus $415 for council waste services. Householders will also pay a variable rate for the State Government’s Emergency Services Levy and pool owners will also pay a $13.75 inspection fee.

Rates account for around 29 per cent of total revenue sources in 2013-14.

Operating revenue from sources other than rates has increased by $3.7 million.

Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said the City’s budget was focused on maintaining a variety of new and ageing infrastructure.

Cr Adams said budgeting was one of the most difficult processes for councillors, ‘as we all know that any increase in rates is affecting the already stretched budgets of our local families’.

‘With that said, the development occurring throughout our suburbs will not subside for many years and in order to accommodate our ongoing growth, we will be delivering new infrastructure, upgrades to existing facilities and a more wide-ranging set of community services,’ she said.

While the City will be spending $31.7 million on capital works projects, only $3.5 million is being funded from rates.

Major projects to receive funding in 2013-14 include $1.2 million for the Bertram Community Centre, $800,000 to expand the Wandi Community Centre, $3.25 million to upgrade Kwinana Recquatic Centre, $2.15 million for the redevelopment of the City Centre and Chisham Avenue and $3 million worth of Urban Road Rehabilitation.